Monday, April 10, 2017
March 16, 2017
Do you think it is possible to conceive or have an idea of “perfection”? If so, what, if anything, does that prove about the universe?
In my own personal opinion, I do believe it is possible for the human mind to conceive or have an idea of “perfection”. However, while I do believe it is possible for the human mind to conceive perfection, I know that no human mind would have the same idea of perfection. For example, one person may think of perfection as being the homeowner of a very large house while another person may think of perfection as being the homeowner of a very petite house. Another example would be one individual might imagine the perfect lifestyle as being one with a husband or wife along with children and maybe even a family pet. While another individual may imagine things completely different with the perfect lifestyle being alone with no worries or responsibilities. In my opinion, I believe this proves a few things about the universe. The first thing it proves is that you can’t please everyone. Humans are already extremely difficult to please and only seem to become more difficult to as time goes on. The second thing it proves is that it is possible to conceive or have an idea of “perfection” however; there are also conditions to this. For example, you can have your own personal idea of perfection, but just because you create your perfection, doesn’t mean the rest of the world will agree with it. The third and final thing my statement proves is that there are so many different creative minds out there that are brought happiness in so many different ways. While you may find groups that have similar ideas of perfection, no two individuals will have the same exact thoughts of perfection.
March 30, 2017
John Locke was born in the year of 1632 in Wrington, a small village in Southwestern England. He lived a long life and died at the age of 74 in the year of 1704. He was considered one of the most famous philosophers and political theorists of his time (the 17th century). He was the founder of a school referred to as British Empiricism. Amongst that, he was also extremely influential in theology, religious toleration, and educational theory. His most important piece is the Essay Converning Human Understanding. In this “essay” is John’s analysis of the human mind and its acquisition of knowledge. His theory was that we acquire ideas through our experience in the world. After doing so, the mind is then able to examine, compare, and combine these ideas in several different methods. This theory represented a new approach to philosophy. John was a man who took great interest in many different areas of the world. In politics, he was best known as a proponent of limited government. He had a theory of “natural rights” that he used to argue that governments have obligations to their citizens. Apart from this, he also believed governments have only limited powers over their citizens and should be overthrown by citizens under certain circumstances. In my personal opinion, John sounds like a very fair and reasonable man who only wants what’s best for everyone. Without reading what the “certain circumstances” actually are, I’m going to assume that they are legitimate reasons such as a corrupt government leader and other scenarios similar to the previously listed one.